When opportunity knocks…

Sometimes opportunity comes in unexpected ways and usually when we are not really looking for it or looking for something different.  I know that’s what happened to me with my business.  I was happy being a Stampin’ Up! customer – supporting my friend and buying the supplies I needed to satisfy my hobby.  Then one day my friend said to me “you should really sign up as a demonstrator and take advantage of the discount.” At first I thought oh no – not my style – I am not a pushy salesperson – BUT neither is my friend.  She never pushed me to buy what I didn’t already want or need so I decided to take a leap of faith and learn more about being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.

What I learned surprised me.  First it was only a $99 (plus tax) investment to get started.  And what did I get for my initial investment?  Over $125 in fantastic products plus business supplies and a fabulous support network to help me along the way.  Next I learned that to stay active as a demonstrator I only needed to sell $300 worth of products every quarter. Well heck, I was spending that much every three months as a customer and NOT getting the benefit of the 20% discount.  Once I did the math I was sold (I’m a numbers gal so once I did the math it was a no brainer for me). 

I was also relieved to realize I didn’t need to pressure people into purchasing from me, in fact I could just go along my merry little way without ever having to “bother” another person about my hobby.  And so I began my hobby – spending time in my studio creating one of a kind cards to share with friends and family.  As I worked with the stamps, ink, and paper, I grew more confident in my abilities to create mini works of art in the form of a greeting cards.  Friends and family loved receiving my special cards for birthday, anniversaries, and other occasions.  And I LOVED makng them.  To me, my little “hobby” is a great outlet for reducing stress and anxiety.  Escaping to my studio to work with my stamps, ink, and paper is my “me time”  when I can shut out the world and relax.  I am always so much more relaxed after I have spent some time creating.

I am passionate about what I do and I want to share this opportunity with others.  The absolute beauty of stamping is there is NO right way to create.  Each project is as unique as the person making it.  Stamping is for all skill levels – beginning crafter to avid creator and no prior experience is necessary.  If you have ever thought you might like to try your hand at creating with stamps, ink, and paper now is the time.  With the current Stampin’ Up! Extra Extra promotion you can join now until August 31, 2019 and receive an extra $30 in product in your starter.  Yup for just $99 (plus tax) you will receive over $155 in exclusive Stampin’ Up! products AND you will also receive a $10 coupon to use next month.

So if you are in the United States and would like more information, I would be happy to chat with you.  You can email me at for more information. Or if you are ready to sign up today, you can click here.


Virginia’s Tax Free Shopping Weekend is here!

The Virginia 3-day sales tax holiday starts Friday, August 2nd at 12:01 am and ends Sunday, August 4th at 11:59 pm. During the sales tax holiday, you can buy qualifying school supplies ($20 or less per item) without paying sales tax. Many of our Stampin’ Up! items qualify for this exemption.  If you need adhesives, markers, watercolor pencils and more now is the time to stock up.  See below for a list of qualifying Stampin’ Up! products and order your items here.

If you are placing an order greater than $150, I want you to redeem all the Stampin’ Rewards you’ve earned. Yay! If your order is less than $150, I’d love for you to add the following Host Code so I can bundle your order with others to receive rewards.

The August Host Code is: AF7W7MQV


What’s the rush?

As we approach the end of July it’s hard to believe that summer is basically over! Back to school sales are ongoing, Christmas in July events are everywhere, and I’ve even seen some Halloween decorations floating around. While we all groan and complain about “rushing the seasons” I am no less guilty for doing the same thing. BUT I have a reason – a good one I think.

I am a paper crafter and I have lots of craft shows lined up for the fall, which means I need to start prepping my goods now and that means lots of lovely holiday themed items. AND that’s why I am so excited that the Stampin’ Up! holiday catalog is coming. As a demonstrator, I will be able to pre-order from the holiday catalog beginning on August 1 and from what I have seen so far there is a lot to love – adorable Snowmen, Jolly Santas, Twinkling Stars, and so much more. There is even a section featuring 25 gifts under $25 that will be sure to please the crafters on your list.

The catalog will go live to customers beginning on September 4th but you can get a copy of the catalog from your local Stampin’ Up Demonstrator in August so you can be ready to order on September 4th! If you don’t have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator you can contact me and I will be happy to send a catalog your way. Happy Stampin’!


Crafty Foxes

If you have ever thought about joining Stampin’ Up! now is the perfect time to join my team. During July and August if you sign up as a new demonstrator you will get an extra $30 of product in your starter kit AND a $10 coupon to use the following month! That means you can get $155 in product for just $99 (plus tax) and shipping is FREE! Plus you will get a $10 coupon to use the following month when you place an order.

As a member of the Crafty Foxes team you will get:

  • 20% discount on all your orders – no coupon needed (and the ability to increase that to 25%)
  • Earn additional income of up to another 18% of your total sales
  • VIP access to new product releases and pre-order before they hit the streets
  • Earn free stamps with various promotions
  • Qualify for cash bonuses, product rewards, incentive trips, and more
  • Receive Stampin’ Success magazine on a quarterly basis

Plus a a member of the Crafty Foxes creative team, you get extra special perks.  I am passionate about what I do and want to help you achieve your goals, from learning new stamping techniques or building a stamping empire!

  • Monthly team gathering in Leesburg, VA with stamping and sharing PLUS Facebook live options for long distance team members
  • Team Facebook Group
  • Team recognition and incentives throughout the year

So whether  you are a hobbyist or more business minded Stampin’ Up! has something for everyone.  What are  you waiting for?  Join my Crafty Foxes creative team today!


Extra! Extra!

Come be a part of the Crafty Foxes Team!

You’ve thought about signing up to be a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator – July is your time to shine. Between July 1 until August 31, new demonstrators will receive an additional $30 of product in your Starter Kit. You will pay $99 to sign up and choose $155 worth of Stampin’ Up! products in your Starter Kit – and Stampin’ Up! covers the shipping. How incredible is that?!

Oh, there’s more! You will also receive a $10 coupon code the following month to spend however you wish.

And more! Along with your purchase of a Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit, you:

  • will earn a 20% discount on all purchases immediately after joining (and for as long as you are an active demonstrator) with the possibility to earn a bigger discount. What an awesome benefit and fun incentive!
  • have access to amazing community of kind, talented stampers with daily inspiration
  • can attend our monthly team meetings
  • have no obligation to ever sell or share with anyone (although it makes you really cool if you do) and no obligation to buy another thing if you don’t want to 

Most of the Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators join as hobbyists – they just want to take advantage of the fantastic products and color coordination while getting a discount (20% to start with the possibility of increasing to 25%). So why not join today? Check out my home page for more details. Happy Stampin!


New Clearance Rack Deals

On June 26 2:01am EST, for the first time ever, Stampin’ Up! is loading the Clearance Rack with stamps – clear-mount, wood-mount and photopolymers! These stamps will be offered WHILE SUPPLIES LAST, so set your alarm to be sure you can grab up all you want.

While the company didn’t announce any additional items (accessories, papers and dies) being added to the Clearance Rack (demonstrators only learned about the stamps), my fingers are crossed that the Clearance Rack is filled to the brim with amazing discounts! Don’t miss out You can order here



So I’m back from vacation, ready to jump back into my business and right out of the gate I had two setbacks that made me a little sad.  First- I had to cancel my Stampin’ Bingo event for June 22nd as no one registered to come.  Bummer! It would have been such a fun evening.  Not sure what I could have done differently but I will keep trying.  Silver Lining – now I am registered for the Unicorn Festival at Hogback Mountain Pony Rides in Leesburg, VA.  Here’s hoping this event is well attended and gives my little business a big boost!  Life handed me lemons so I’m gonna make some delicious lemonade!  I even designed a special Unicorn Birthday card for the Swag Bags! 

Unicorn Happy Birthday Card

Next, my monthly card class was scheduled for June 16, which I realize was Father’s Day but I figured – what the hey – let’s go for it.  Three people were scheduled to come so I prepped card kits for six people (8 cards x 6 people equals 48 cards prepped and ready to go) – you know in case someone brought a friend.  Well guess what?  YUP – all no shows.  One person at least has the decency to text to say she was sick. Thank you – I appreciate that little courtesy.  The other two people just ghosted – no call, no text, no email.  Just a little rude but ok maybe they were raised with different values.  On the upside, I was able to go pick up my dog from the groomer when he was done and got to take a nice drive through the country on a beautiful, sunny day.  I will save the six card kits for July’s class – hopefully I will have people who will actually attend. More lemonade (and maybe even some yummy lemon bars)!

The cards for my June Class were all created using the new Perennial Essence Suite.  You can order the Perennial Essence Suite here. Take a look at the cards I created with this suite and see below for details on how to make these cards.  Remember – no matter how many lemons life hands you can always make something yummy – just stay positive!

New Perennial Essence Suite – #152166 – $68
Four cards created with the Perennial Essence Suite


Perennial Essence Suite:  (stamp set, flower punch, designer series paper, vellum cardstock, ribbon, floral centers)

Cardstock:  Balmy Blue, Blackberry Bliss, Blueberry Bushel, Old Olive, Petal Pink, So Saffron, Whisper White

Ink:  Balmy Blue, Blueberry Bushel, Old Olive, Petal Pink, Pineapple Punch, So Saffron

Embellishment:  Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Pearlized Doilies, Whisper White Flax Ribbon

Punch:  Leaf Punch

Dies:  Layering Circle Die, Stitched Nested Labels, Stitched Rectangles

Adhesive:  Snail tape runner, mini glue dots, Stampin’ dimensionals

Card 1 (top center) – Blackberry Bliss cardstock cut to 8 ½” by 5 ½” “, fold in half, crease fold with paper bone.  On inside add a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut to 5 ¼” by 4”. To front of card, adhere a strip of DBP cut to 5 ½” by 2”.  Using the three petal flower stamp and petel pink ink, stamp the image six times on Petal Pink cardstock.  Punch out stamped images and using glue dots, layer two images together.  Adhere three flowers to front of card, placing along the right edge of the DSP.  Punch two leave shapes from Green Vellum card stock and adhere to card front with glue dots (place one leaf above left of center flower and one leaf below right of center flower).  Adhere floral centers to flowers.

Card 2 (middle left) – So Saffron cardstock cut to 8 ½” by 5 ½” “, fold in half, crease fold with paper bone.  On inside add a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut to 5 ¼” by 4”.  Cut Old Olive to 5 ¼” by 4” and using Old Olive ink and 3 leaf stamp, randomly stamp on Old Olive card stock.  Adhere Old Olive cardstock to So Saffron card base.  Cut a piece of DSP to 5 ¼” x 2” and adhere to Old Olive layer.  Stamp sentiment in Old Olive ink on Whisper White and cut with layering circles die  Layer sentiment over doily and adhere to front of card over DSP.  Add basic Rhinestone jewels if desired.

Card 3 (middle right) – Balmy Blue cardstock cut to 8 ½” by 5 ½” “, fold in half, crease fold with paper bone.  On inside add a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut to 5 ¼” by 4”.  Randomly stamp flower using Balmly Blue ink, stamping off cardstock as necessary to achieve look.  Stamp flower centers in Pineapple Punch.  Using tiered stitched nesting labels, cut layer from Blueberry Bushel cardstock, DSP, and Whispher White cardstock.  Stamp sentiment in Blueberry Bushel ink on Whisper White cardstock.  Layer three label together, adhere 6” piece of flax ribbon to back of nested labels and adhere to card front with stampin’ dimensionals.

Card 4 (bottom center) – Petal Pink cardstock cut to 8 ½” by 5 ½” “, fold in half, crease fold with paper bone.  On inside add a piece of Whisper White cardstock cut to 5 ¼” by 4”.  On a second piece of 5 ¼” x 4” piece of Whisper White cardstock, stamp large flower in bottom right corner in Petal Pink ink.  Stamp smaller flowers along bottom and right side in Petal Pink ink.  Stamp flower centers in So Saffron.  Adhere this layer to card front.  Stamp sentiment on Whisper White cardstock and cut with Stitched Rectangle die.  Cut larger rectangle in So Saffron and layer rectangles together.  Adhere ot card front with Stampin’ dimensionals.  Optional – add ribbon bow using glue dots.